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Front Runners November 2015: Sizing Things Up

In 2014, Cohiba unveiled a new limited-edition cigar, the Dominican-made Cohiba Luxury Selection, which earlier this year was named Robb Report’s Best of the Best cigar. Now the manufacturer has released a new iteration of that cigar—the Cohiba Luxury Selection No. 2 (cohiba.com), which is available as a 6 × 52 toro. Like the double […]

Holiday Lights

Much like the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, the market for top-quality cigars this holiday season is defined by three themes: the past, the present, and the future. Through the handiwork of such brands as Avo, Arturo Fuente, L’Atelier, and Cubano Limitado, smokers are once again enjoying thin and elegant lanceros, a classic cigar […]

Day and Night

Ashton Symmetry This medium-strong to full-bodied cigar is the first new Ashton release in a decade and the brand’s first to contain Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. Blended by Carlos Fuente Jr., the Symmetry combines tobaccos from Chateau de la Fuente and Villa Gonzalez in the Dominican Republic and Fuente’s Un Buen Vecino farm in Nicaragua. It […]

FrontRunners October 2014 LEISURE

Convivial Pursuit The art of winemaking is not unlike that of matchmaking: Success in either endeavor requires a keen understanding of relationships, as Doug Shafer, president of Shafer Vineyards, well knows. In 1984, after becoming the winemaker at his father’s estate in the Stags Leap District, Shafer made the propitious decision to hire Elias Fernandez […]

Holiday Stars: Dominican Republic

BLACK DIAMOND Made for the J.C. Newman Cigar Company by its partner Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., Diamond Crown has always been known for its Connecticut shade wrapper and trademark 54-ring gauge in a variety of lengths. The best Connecticut broadleaf is deeply fermented, resulting in the dark, oily wrapper of the relaunched Black Diamond, […]

Cohiba Black

Characteristics A slightly sweet, spicy cigar that gets its name from its brownish-black Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper. The filler is composed of Mexican and Dominican leaf, and the Dominican binder has been aged for three years in hardened palm fronds called tercios, which dramatically intensifies fermentation and taste. Insider’s Tip Now that General Cigar has […]